#89 Difference between deep breathing and "Kokyu-ho" - 深呼吸と合気呼吸法の違い


After a hard workout, we all try to catch our breath by taking deep breaths. We also take deep breaths to calm ourselves down in psychologically tense situations. Deep breathing is a way of calming the body and mind, but Aiki "Kokyu-ho" proposed by O-Sensei has a different concept. In this article I will explain the difference in concept scientifically.

Firstly, the way you breathe is closely related to your emotional and psychological state. When you feel fear or anxiety, your breathing is naturally fast and shallow. When you feel depressed or sad, you sigh more deeply. When you are angry, your breaths are short and strong, and each emotion has its own way of breathing.

Importantly, it has been scientifically proven that this relationship also works in reverse.

Breathing shallowly or sighing constantly has been shown to cause the brain to produce stress hormones such as cortisol, noradrenaline and adrenaline. Emotions such as anxiety, nervousness, impatience, pressure and even just frowning cause the production of stress hormones that weaken our physical and mental resistance. The human body is made up of chemical energy, and when stress hormones are released in the brain and pumped through the body by the bloodstream, they cause a contraction of that energy.

So how can we increase the levels of the good hormones (dopamine, serotonin, endorphin) that contribute to physical and mental health? Many studies have shown that the most effective way is not only to take deep breaths, but also to have a strong image of being one with the cosmic energy and expanding it. The medical evidence clearly shows an increase in oxygen absorption, dilation of the blood vessels, relaxation of the muscles, stabilisation of the heart rate and activation of the brain functions.

This fact is exactly in line with the concept of "Kokyu-ho" as taught by O-Sensei.

In other words, it is scientifically proven that breathing deeply while imagining the philosophy of O-Sensei's "Takemusu-aiki" will improve your physical and mental health.

Breathing with Aiki "Kokyu-ho" prevents emotional disturbances, reduces stress hormones, increases the production of good hormones and improves the body and mind's resistance. Breathing slowly and deeply while visualising the expansion of energy in your brain is the breathing technique of "Takemusu-aiki".

This is not the same as saying that you should take deep breaths as a treatment for breathlessness.

Deep breathing helps to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system and relaxes all the muscles in the body. To do this, breathe in slowly for three seconds, hold for two seconds and then breathe out slowly for five seconds.

As science tells us, it is nonsense to think negatively about the possibility of becoming one with cosmic energy. Because it has been proven that having a strong image of it in your brain is beneficial for your health. In other words, it's like image training. A rich imagination may be the key to "Aiki".

Many thanks for reading my posts this year. I wish you all a very happy New Year.

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初心者にも分かりやすく、理論的に基礎知識を説明します。なんとなく他人の動きを真似るのではなく、普段から考える力を育てていくことを目的としています。In this blog, I explain the basics in a theoretical way that is easy to understand for beginners. The aim is to help you to develop your ability to think, not to copy the movements somehow. Aikido is not magic. I will explain things that are not so clear, such as Ki and O-Sensei's philosophy.